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October 16, 2017

Antigua and Barbuda

PM to submit proposals to the World Bank today

Source: Antigua Observer The country’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he could finalise a list of recommendations by today on new ways to tackle financing for climate change and global warming. Browne was asked by the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to submit proposals when they met in Washington DC on Saturday…

Editorial: Halloween come early

Source: Antigua Observer Remember when the government said that everyone was making a mountain out of a molehill when Canada revoked our visa-free travel status?  Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, the minister of national security and attorney general rebuffed all the critics and said, “We will be the economic powerhouse of the region and this…

World Bank commits to concessionary financing for SIDS

Source: Antigua Observer The President of The World Bank Group, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, on Friday, committed to help Small Island Developing States (SIDS) create a policy for concessional financing. He told world leaders, who were gathered for the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund (WBG-IMF) Annual Meetings, that the organisation would “create a…

World Bank official pledges help with post disaster debt

Source: Antigua Observer The President of the World Bank Dr Jim Young Kim has promised to help small island developing states get concessional financing to ease the burden of post disaster debt. He invited Caribbean leaders to put together a financial plan that can be presented to world leaders, who will meet in…

Wet weather will persist a while longer

Source: Antigua Observer An area of disturbed weather over the Leeward Islands is causing some instability on Antigua. That is according to local Meteorologist Leonard Josiah. https://antiguaobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/1015-JOSIAH1.mp3 Josiah says the weather will continue for just a little longer. https://antiguaobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/1015-JOSIAH.mp3 Link: Wet weather will persist a while longer

Hello new Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer A Chinese firm has shown interest in establishing a new town on Barbuda, the government has announced. This was revealed on Thursday by government’s chief of staff, Lionel Hurst, in his weekly post-Cabinet statement. The firm, which was not identified by name, reportedly has expertise in energy and housing and…

Cook’s landfill is cause for concern

Source: Antigua Observer Environmentalists are sounding the alarm over the state of the Cook’s Sanitary Landfill. Speaking to OBSERVER media on Friday, Martin Dudley, an ecological activist, said the situation was worse than many people know. “All these sewage trucks that are pumping out your septic tanks, they have a temporary arrangement to…

World observes international day for disaster reduction

Source: Antigua Observer Countries around the globe observed yesterday, October 13, as International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), under the theme “Home Safe Home.” IDDR has been observed locally over the years, however, according to Philmore Mullin, executive director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), “a deliberate decision was taken this…

Relatives identify decomposing body

Source: Antigua Observer Paula Hunte was left devastated yesterday after identifying the body of her older brother, Denya Kimba Michael-Gage, also known as “Ducky.” Hunte and her nephew went to the Barnes Funeral Home a day after Michael-Gage’s severely decomposing body was discovered in an abandoned building on St. George’s Street on Thursday.…

DoE compiling report on Barbuda damage

Source: Antigua Observer Barbuda’s marine environment has suffered significantly from the passage of Hurricane Irma according to the Department of Environment (DoE). This is one of the issues which the DoE plans to elaborate on in a report being compiled by its staff with the help of private partners on the status of…

Police probe body found in Point

Source: Antigua Observer The police say they do not suspect foul play in the death of a man whose badly decomposed body was found in the city Thursday night.  They say they believe the deceased is a 37-year- old Fort Road resident. According to the police, the person in question is a known vagrant who suffered…

Marijuana decriminalisation on stream for year-end

Source: Antigua Observer It appears that the government is on stream to decriminalise small quantities of marijuana by the end of the year. A well-placed source has told OBSERVER media that the Marijuana Commission is drafting its final report and it will be submitted to the Cabinet shortly. The source says the report…

Judges Hill Community Clinic Open and Ready to Serve

Source: Antigua Chronicle It’s official! The Judges Hill Community Clinic is equipped and ready to serve as the medical facility was officially commissioned on Thursday with pomp and style during an official opening ceremony east of the New Winthorpes Primary School. With hundreds in attendance, including villagers, well-wishers and a number of high-level…

CDB Unveils Plan for New Cycle of Poverty Reduction Programme

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) poverty-fighting flagship programme, the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) has unveiled an ambitious plan for its ninth cycle. The Bank has negotiated more funds for the BNTF, taken steps to improve the programme’s efficiency and effectiveness, and will strengthen partnerships with the private sector. These…

Editorial: Taking all his marbles

Source: Antigua Observer It does not portend well for the future – the notion of the United States retreating into a shell from its leadership position in the world. Yet, this is exactly what is happening. In a rather perverse and twisted bit of logic, the world’s most powerful nation is of the…

Warner: USA has paid a price

Source: Antigua Observer T&Ts victory over the United States is “the best day” of Jack Warner’s life. The former FIFA Vice President, who is facing extradition charges to the United States, described it as a “glowing achievement” and a “feather in the cap” of the team to beat the Americans. “At the end…

Barbudans slow in returning to fix their homes – government

Source: Antigua Observer The government is concerned that Barbudans are not returning to the island to fix their own homes, even as residents complain about the transportation problems associated with doing just that. Minister of Information Melford Nicholas mentioned the issue at Thursday’s post-Cabinet media briefing. “We did learn from the minister of…

Ambris, Singh half-centuries allow hosts to dominate

Source: Antigua Observer FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica (CMC) – Batsman Sunil Ambris continued to press his case for international selection while Vishaul Singh sent a reminder of his quality, as both batsmen stroked half-centuries on the opening day of the first four-day “Test” against Sri Lanka A in Jamaica on Wednesday. Opting for first…

Publish photos of people seeking citizenship – MP Massiah

Source: Antigua Observer Independent Member of Parliament Joanne Massiah is calling for the publication of the photographs of non-CARICOM nationals seeking Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by naturalisation. She made the call during debate on the Firearms (Amendment) Bill in the Lower House on Tuesday. According to the MP, it was an issue she…

All Saints Man Convicted For Impersonation

Source: Antigua Observer Trevor Este, who impersonated the police and was convicted for the crime, was fined $1,000 in the All Saints Magistrate’s Court.  He appeared before Magistrate Ngaio Emmanuel who found him guilty at trial and ordered he must pay the fine forthwith, or serve two months in prison. The court heard…

All Saints Man Convicted For Impersonating Police Officer

Source: Antigua Chronicle Trevor Este of All Saints was convicted and fined $1,000 in All Saints Magistrate’s Court for Impersonating a Police Officer on Wednesday. He appeared before Magistrate Emmanuel and was ordered to pay the fine forthwith, or serve two months in prison. Trevor Este of All Saints The Court heard that…

Cost of citizenship reduced to $100K USD

Source: Antigua Observer The cost for Antigua and Barbuda’s citizenship under the National Development Fund (NDF) has been reduced to US $100,000. The previous price was US $200,000. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Gaston Browne who was speaking in parliament Thursday morning. He said the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) has been doing…

Caribbean finance ministers discuss priorities to reactivate growth

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON, Oct.12, CMC – Finance ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean and international lending agencies have been meeting here to discuss policy options to promote inclusive financial systems and deeper regional integration to help strengthen economic growth prospects. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) said its senior officials, as well…

Caribbean Indigenous peoples to establish regional body

Source: Antigua Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana , Oct. 12, CMC – A regional mechanism will be established to address issues affected indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. This is the outcome of a three day conference held here during which representatives highlighted the need for consultation with Indigenous peoples of the different localities before the…

Trump resists pressure to soften stance on Iran nuclear deal

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump finds himself under immense pressure as he considers de-certifying the international nuclear deal with Iran, a move that would ignore warnings from inside and outside his administration that to do so would risk undermining U.S. credibility. Trump is expected to unveil a broad strategy…

How a homemade tool helped North Korea’s missile program

Source: Antigua Observer SEOUL, (Reuters) – In 2009, a pop video from North Korea celebrated a new national hero – one that outside experts would later realize was at the heart of the secretive state’s banned nuclear and missile programs. That hero, widely available in factories across the world, was the Computer Numerical…

Barbudan Female Fined $6K For Cannabis Packed With Fish on Ferry

Source: Antigua Chronicle Veronica Feracho of Codrington was convicted and fined $6,000 for Possession of Cannabis in the St. John’s Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. She appeared before Chief Magistrate Walsh jointly charged with Devon Mackintosh of Buckleys with Possession of Cannabis, Possession with intent to sell and Being Concerned with the supply of…

CIBC First Caribbean’s Walk for the Cure Now October 28

Source: Antigua Chronicle Every Friday the staff of CIBC FirstCaribbean will be hosting events at both branches to invite customers and friends to join the bank’s Walk for the Cure. Now in its sixth year, organisers were expecting more participation than in previous years. However, the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria forced…

Mother of deported felon to challenge the state

Source: Antigua Observer The mother of a 32-year-old Jamaican male is planning to take legal action against the Antigua and Barbuda Immigration Department, having accused the authorities of deporting her son Damion Russell, without informing her or performing the proper due process. Rosetta Hanson said her son was serving a two-year sentence at…

Wade secures Cavs’ final starting job

Source: Antigua Observer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — With just about a week until the Cleveland Cavaliers begin the regular season against the Boston Celtics, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue named Dwyane Wade his fifth and final starter for opening night. Wade, a 12-time All-Star and three-time champion, will replace JR Smith at shooting guard. “I just wanted to do it,” Lue…

Modern vision for Barbuda’s agricultural sector

Source: Antigua Observer A re-imagined Barbuda would see the embracing of a more modern approach to agriculture as the government looks to balance development and nature’s bounty after reconstruction of the decimated island. Minister of Agriculture, Arthur Nibbs, expressed the view at the 71st Special Ministerial Meeting of the Council for Trade and…

Licence suspended, driver in toddler accident remanded

Source: Antigua Observer Virgin Bougouneau, of Potters was sent to Her Majesty’s Prison until January 8, 2018 or at least until she can secure bail in the High Court. The 47-year-old woman who was behind the wheel of the car that struck and dragged four-year-old Faith Laville, and was charged with dangerous driving,…

Hurricane battered countries still optimistic about the future

Source: Antigua Observer ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Oct 10, CMC – A number of Caribbean countries remain optimistic about their tourism product despite the infrastructural challenges posed by the recent passage of three hurricanes. On the eve of the opening of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) here, at least…

Guyana to host major health conference

Source: Antigua Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Oct 10, CMC – A one week conference examining ways to improve the Caribbean’s  accessibility, training as well as improvements in diagnostic and therapeutic laboratory testing techniques will get under way here later this month. The October 23-27 Caribbean Association of Medical Technologist (CASMET) for Laboratory Professionals Affiliate…

Police Seized Over 90lbs of Drugs in Mayonnaise

Source: Antigua Chronicle Ninety-Two pounds of Cannabis, concealed inside mayonnaise was seized by the police at V.C. Bird International Airport on Thursday. The illegal substance was found aboard Caribbean Airline Flight #459 from Kingston Jamaica. Members of the Police K-9 Unit were on duty at the airport carrying out a routine check, when…

GUN CRIMES – A PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE – PART I

Source: Antigua Chronicle It is undeniable that the ‘Gun Culture’ has pervaded many of the ‘Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).’ Occurring with frightening regularity, have been shootings that speak to recklessness and killings that are capable of being deemed senseless. Many will have seen communities reduced to societal lawlessness, with countable crime…

Parliament to Debate Seven Bills when it meets Today

Source: Antigua Chronicle Seven Bills are down for debate when the Lower House of Parliament meets today. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance the Hon. Gaston Browne will move the second and third readings of the Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, the Delimitation of Maritime Space (Antigua and Barbuda and the Republic…

Extended Season A Boon For Selectors, Says Convenor Browne

Source: Antigua Observer ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Chief selector Courtney Browne believes the extended Regional four-day season has allowed his panel to better gauge the quality of players being considered for international duty. Speaking ahead of the new season which bowls off October 26, Browne said the 10-round campaign proved the mettle…

Female driver who knocked down child to go to court

Source: Antigua Observer By Tameika Malone tameika.malone@antiguaobserver.com The woman who was behind the wheel of the vehicle that struck four-year-old Faith Laville has been charged with dangerous driving. Virgin Bougouneau, of Potters, was charged over the weekend following the accident on Thursday that left the Mary E. Pigotts School kindergartner in serious condition…

Dominican Republic expels thousands of people of Haitian origin

Source: Antigua Observer SANTO DOMINIGO, Oct 7, CMC – The Dominican Republic has expelled or refused entry to more than 9,000 people mainly of Haitian origin during the month of September. In a report, Lieutenant General Máximo William Muñoz Delgado of the Directorate General of Migration (DGM) said that 9,332 foreigners were expelled…

LAC wants new cities based on equality, sustainability and productivity

Source: Antigua Observer SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct 7, CMC – The inaugural Cities Conference ended here on Friday with Latin America and the Caribbean calling for the construction of cities cantered on equality, sustainability and productivity. Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, said that Latin…

UN Secretary-General arrives in Antigua and Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is in Antigua and Barbuda. The Secretary-General is here to survey the damage done to Barbuda by Hurricane Irma and to assess what the United Nations can do to help the recovery process.  Barbuda suffered destruction which Prime Minister Gaston Browne estimates will set…

Probe continues into Lightfoot shootout

Source: Antigua Observer An investigation is still underway into the recent Lightfoot shootout. Images below are the outside of the Classic View Guest House where the police intercepted two gunmen Thursday morning dressed in camouflage clothing.It is alleged the men opened fire on the police who returned fire, killing them on the spot.…

Health Minister praises FOTCP for quick ground-breaking

Source: Antigua Observer Health Minister Molwyn Joseph has praised the valuable input of the private sector after its donation funded a 30-bed home and learning facility for the children of The Care Project. During a ground-breaking on Thursday, Joseph urged corporate citizens to collaborate with government so that projects which benefit society can…

Mental health picture may be worse than reported

Source: Antigua Observer The emerging picture of suicide and mental health on these shores may be worse than thought. At least two deaths believed to have been by suicide have been publicly reported this week, with the most recent on Thursday. But a senior police official, who spoke to OBSERVER media on the…

Drugs seized in Mayonnaise at airport

Source: Antigua Observer Police seized 92 pounds of cannabis at the VC Bird International Airport on Thursday. According to a police report, the illegal substance was concealed in five cardboard boxes packed with Mayonnaise aboard Caribbean Airlines Flight #459 from Kingston, Jamaica. Members of the Police K-9 Unit were on duty at the…

Man questioned in connection with police shootout

Source: Antigua Observer One man was being questioned by police yesterday following a shoot-out between masked men and lawmen, that left two dead. Yesterday, police said their investigation led them to one man. However, at the time of going to press he was not being treated as a suspect. Two male criminal suspects…

Crime will destroy tourism sector

Source: Antigua Observer Leaders of two of the political opposition parties are agreeing that if the increase in criminal-related activities are not curtailed, it could adversely affect the tourism sector. Harold Lovell, leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), and Joanne Massiah, leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), last week disagreed on…

PM wants cheaper and better ICT service

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Brown has urged the telecommunication heads of the region to find new ways to meet the demands of modern ICT consumers. “It is just as important as the air we breathe, the water we drink, or the electricity in our homes,” Browne stated at the regional ICT…

Grenadian investor taking advantage of CBI

Source: Antigua Observer ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Oct 6, CMC – The Grenada government has welcomed a move by a local entrepreneur to invest an estimated EC$20 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) in a hotel utilising the country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI). “Projects like that benefits so many,” Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell…

Agricultural officials focus on building resilience in the regional sector

Source: Antigua Observer GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Oct. 5, CMC -Agricultural officials who have been meeting here, will put forward recommendations concerning building resilience of Caribbean agriculture to natural disasters. The representatives of CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Member States and regional institutions say the  recommendations will be for the consideration of Ministers at their 71st Special…

Opposition spokesperson on Foreign Affairs apologizes for blunder

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 5, CMC – The main opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP) spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Lisa Hanna has apologised for a blunder which resulted in her expressing condolences for the death of St Lucia’s Ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS) Anton Edmunds. Hanna, in a release…

Trump expected to decertify Iran nuclear deal: official

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is expected to announce soon that he will decertify the landmark international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior administration official said on Thursday, in a step that could lead to renewed U.S. sanctions against Tehran. The decision on the nuclear deal is…

Gilbert Boustany officially Appointed to UAE

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda’s Consul General in Miami, Gilbert Boustany was on Monday officially appointed as Non-Resident Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. Ambassador Boustany who was acting in the position since April of this year, has been overseeing preliminary works of a number of projects on behalf of the government, said that…

Workshop addresses Breastfeeding Issues

Source: Antigua Chronicle Health experts are stressing the importance of exclusive breastfeeding in Antigua and Barbuda. The point was made at a workshop held at Mount St. John’s Medical Center last Friday. Chairperson of the Breastfeeding Committee, Samantha Moitt, said that the Breastfeeding Committee is responsible for protecting, supporting and promoting breastfeeding. She…

Barbuda Council meets with Hurricane Response Committee

Source: Antigua Chronicle As long as the State of Emergency exists on Barbuda, all persons traveling to and from Barbuda to clean up or repair their homes or to participate in the general restoration and rebuilding process do not have to pay transport fees. This was declared by Health and Environment Minister Molwyn…

Coroner’s Inquest Ruled Phillip’s Death an Accident

Source: Antigua Chronicle A Coroner’s Inquest on Tuesday, concluded by ruling Oniqua “Nikki” Phillip’s death was an accident. Magistrate Conliff Clarke convened the hearing in St. Johns Magistrate’s Court with a six member jury panel to look into her death. During the hearing, a number of witnesses; to include police officers were called…

Suspected suicide in Golden Grove

Source: Antigua Observer Updated: The man found hanging in a fowl pen next to his Golden Grove home this morning has been identified. He is 28 year old Kelvin Parker. He was last seen by relatives Wednesday morning. His body was found by his brother at about 5:30 a.m. — Earlier report:  …

JURIST Project launches model sexual offence guidelines

Source: Antigua Observer A project has been launched to improve the way sexual offence cases are tackled in the region. The Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project launched its Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region at the weekend in Curaçao. A release from the Caribbean Court of Justice…

Teen stabbed in classroom brawl

Source: Antigua Observer A 15-year-old Jennings Secondary School student who was stabbed in the face in class yesterday was rushed to the hospital, while his alleged 14-year-old attacker was arrested by police shortly after the incident. The stabbing victim, Cecil Browne, a second-former at the Jennings Secondary School, told OBSERVER media that he…

Son of missing woman has one wish for Christmas

Source: Antigua Observer In May of this year, Jayden Ricketts had high hopes of delivering a Mother’s Day card he made at school for his mother, Vincia James, who has been missing since April 7. Now, nearly six months on, the seven-year-old boy’s only wish for Christmas is to be wrapped up in…

DARF: Please don’t forget the Dominicans

Source: Antigua Observer Residents in Antigua are being asked to not to forget about the people of Dominica as they return to normal day to day lives, since the passage of Hurricanes Maria. The call is coming from the President of the Dominica Antigua Relief Fund, Darwin Telemaque. He says Dominica’s people are…

Student stabbed in classroom attack

Source: Antigua Observer A teenage student of Jennings Secondary School boy is being questioned by police for allegedly stabbing a school mate in the face, during a classroom fight. Fourteen-year-old Cecil Browne tells OBSERVER media that shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday he went to separate other students who were fighting and one of…

EDITORIAL: Think big to achieve big

Source: Antigua Observer It is easy to cheer whenever we hear the words “renewable energy” positively associated with our bit of paradise, Antigua and Barbuda. Any regular reader will know that renewable energy holds great interest for us because we believe that it is an integral part of our future. For this piece,…

Police say they have been searching for missing mechanic

Source: Antigua Observer The police said they have spent a week looking for missing mechanic Kenneth Dyer of Cassada Gardens #2, who was last seen over two weeks ago. Relatives contacted OBSERVER media to appeal for the public’s help to track the whereabouts of the 73-year-old mechanic, who was last seen by his…

National goalkeeper not on Hoppers’ radar this season

Source: Antigua Observer National goalkeeper, Brentton Muhammad, will not be turning out for former champions Greenbay Hoppers in this year’s Premier Division slated to start later this month. Muhammad, who was part of the Hoppers team that won the 2015/16 top flight title said however, there is a strong possibility he will play…

EC dollar unbowed by hurricanes

Source: Antigua Observer The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) says the EC dollar remains strong despite the ravages of Hurricanes Irma and Maria across the union. The assurance came on Tuesday from ECCB Governor Timothy Antoine at the launch of the bank’s new five-year strategic plan. “I want to confirm today that your…

‘Suspicious death’ in Jennings

Source: Antigua Observer The police are investigating the “suspicious death” of Alana Lloyd, a teenage girl whose body was found slumped on the floor in her bedroom at her family’s Jennings New Extension home yesterday. Lawmen are, according to the force’s Communications Officer Inspector Frankie Thomas, questioning her boyfriend and others as they…

All must be involved in breastfeeding

Source: Antigua Observer Churches, schools and employers are crucial to the ongoing success of breastfeeding in Antigua and Barbuda. The point was highlighted by Chairperson of the Breastfeeding Committee, Samantha Moitt, at a workshop held at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) last Friday.  “Breastfeeding is everybody’s business and this is why we…

Teen found dead in Jennings identified

Source: Antigua Observer UPDATED   The police have confirmed that the woman found dead in a suspected hanging case Tuesday afternoon is 18-year-old Alana Lloyd.   Police spokesman Inspector Frankie Thomas said the matter is being treated as a “suspicious death.”   He confirmed that the teen’s mother discovered her body on the…

Police Search For Missing Skerritt’s Pasture Man

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Police, along with the family of 73 year-old Kenneth Dyer of Skerritt’s Pasture are seeking the assistance of the general public in knowing his whereabouts. Mr. Dyer was last seen on 18th September by a family member. However, this matter was only reported to the police on 26th September, 2017.…

Antigua and Barbuda stands in full solidarity with Dominica

Source: Antigua Chronicle Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. Gaston Browne has given a pledge to stand in solidarity with his friend and colleague Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of the Commonwealth of Dominica, as that country grapples with the rebuilding process following the devastation caused by the passage of Hurricane Maria…

Who benefits from distrust?

Source: Antigua Observer The relationship between the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda (RPFAB) and the public has come to the fore as people discuss the murders that are being committed on our streets. Listen to any discussion and the topic of distrust rears its ugly head. For whatever reasons, the public…

Barbuda Frigatebirds still AWOL after Irma

Source: Antigua Observer The majority of Barbuda’s magnificent frigatebird population is still unaccounted for in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Residents and environmental enthusiasts’ concern about the survival of the country’s national bird is at an all-time high when news that its breeding ground, including the mangroves, were uprooted and filled with debris.…

Support for the rebuilding of Barbuda’s agriculture sector

Source: Antigua Observer The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other international donor agencies are working with all stakeholders in Barbuda to rebuild its agriculture sector. A preliminary assessment, conducted in Barbuda last week, indicates that Hurricane Irma destroyed standing crops, agricultural infrastructure, machinery, a processing facility and equipment. Jedidiah Maxim, director of…

Barbuda could be climate resiliency leader

Source: Antigua Observer A rebuilt Barbuda could be the centre of climate-resilient design and engineering in the Caribbean if local architects have their way.  Colin Jenkins, member of the Antigua and Barbuda Institute of Architects (ABIA), acknowledged that the focus was rightly on the humanitarian situation at the moment, but added that members…

Housing agency to partner with private sector to build over 15,000 homes

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct 2, CMC – The National Housing Trust (NHT) says it will be partnering with more private developers to significantly increase the number of affordable homes as the Jamaica government announced plans to ahead with legislation to protect property values in gated communities. NHT chairman, Dr. Nigel Clarke,…

IMF announces essay contest for Caribbean students

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON, Oct 2, CMC – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Monday announced an essay competition for Caribbean students on the theme “Inclusive and Resilient Growth in the Caribbean” It said that the contest, which is open to students aged 18 to 25, are nationals from the English-speaking Caribbean and Haiti.…

White House again rejects talks with North Korea on nuclear issue

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Monday ruled out talks with North Korea except to discuss the fate of Americans held there, again appearing to rebuke Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who said Washington was directly communicating with Pyongyang on its nuclear and missile programs. “We’ve been clear that…

PM Browne Vindicated

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne noted he has once again been vindicated in a defamation claim he asserted following the publication of an article by Spanish newspaper, El País, which was in turn referred to by the BBC in Britain in a story earlier this month on the Odebrecht…

Antigua and Barbuda ties Diplomatic Relations with Jordan

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan established diplomatic relations on Wednesday, September 27th with the signing of a Joint Communique at the Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon to the United Nations.  The Communique was signed by His Excellency Dr. Walton Webson, Ambassador and Permanent Representative…

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES FOR HOMEOWNERS IN BARBUDA

Source: Antigua Chronicle Subsequent to the lifting of the mandatory evacuation order for Barbuda, many Barbudans are expected to return to the island. While it is the right of Barbudans to return to their community, the Ministry of Health & the Environment is cautioning the returning residents to appreciate that basic medical and…

Logos Hope Coming to Antigua

Source: Antigua Chronicle Logos Hope will soon arrive in St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda and be opened to the public from October 5th through October 15th at Nevis Street Pier. This unique vessel with international crewmembers offers exclusive onboard events for people of all ages, in addition to its array of quality, affordable…

EDITORIAL: Injustice deserves justice

Source: Antigua Observer They can jump high and they can jump low, but the fact is: the United States of America owes Antigua and Barbuda. It all stems from our complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) that the United States was in violation of its commitments regarding the cross-border supply of gambling…

Green light given for Reggae Boyz Middle East friendly

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Next Thursday’s friendly international between Jamaica and Saudi Arabia will go ahead as planned, the Jamaica Football Federation has confirmed. Doubt had surrounded the fixture in Riyadh after a failure by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation to submit, on time, an application to FIFA for the match…

Irma, Maria Force Java To Scrap NORCECA Tournament

Source: Antigua Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – The devastation caused in some Caribbean islands by the recent passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, has resulted in a mass withdrawal of regional teams from the NORCECA Beach tournament carded for next month and forced organisers to scrap the event. Jamaica Volleyball Association (JAVA) president,…

US $16M pledged so far for Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda government has received cash commitments amounting to some U.S. $16 million dollars from friendly governments as part of an outreach to help with the reconstruction efforts on devastated Barbuda. This was revealed by Minister of Information Melford Nicholas at Thursday’s post-Cabinet news briefing.  “So far in…

Cargo plane accident at VC Bird International Airprot

Source: Antigua Observer A cargo plane that has been carrying relief supplies to St. Maarten is now parked indefinitely on the side of the runway at the V.C Bird International airport. The unscheduled stayover in Antigua is due to an accident that occurred yesterday while the plane was taxiing to park. Antonov Airlines…

Woman gunned down in Cook’s Hill

Source: Antigua Observer A woman was shot dead around 11 am today outside her home on Orr Road, in Cook’s Hill.   OBSERVER media was told the deceased is in her 60’s.   Residents reported hearing at least three gunshots. Dozens of people are already on the scene as the police investigate the killing. Link:

Teams grouped for President’s Cup

Source: Antigua Observer By Neto Baptiste A total of 40 teams will compete in the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association’s (ABFA) President’s Cup which is slated to start on Monday at venues across the island. The teams, placed in 10 groups of four, will first battle in a round-robin group stage with the…

DNA’s Erica Edwards vows to reverse social decay in Rural South

Source: Antigua Observer Erica Edwards, the newly announced Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidate for St. John’s Rural South has blamed a host of social ills afflicting the constituency, including prostitution, sexual abuse, delinquency and crime, on the inaction of Eustace “Teco” Lake, the current parliamentary representative for the area. Edwards, officially Antigua and…

Bairstow and Roy help hosts seal series

Source: Antigua Observer Jonny Bairstow made a career-best unbeaten 141 and Jason Roy 96 as England cruised to a nine-wicket win over West Indies in the fifth and final one-day international in Southampton. England’s spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid helped to restrict the tourists to 288-6 on a batting-friendly surface. After his…

Point man beheaded in Guadeloupe

Source: Antigua Observer By Tameika Malone tameika.malone@antiguaobserver.com The mutilated body of a man from the Point area was discovered floating off the shores of Guadeloupe earlier this week in what authorities there believe was a drug deal gone bad. Forty-three-year-old Kenrick Fenton was found near his fishing boat with his head decapitated. OBSERVER…

Inexperience not at fault, argues Lawrence

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Head coach Dennis Lawrence says his inexperience had little to do with Trinidad and Tobago’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The former national defender was appointed to the top position in January this year with T&T one from bottom…

Antiguan man found beheaded in French territory

Source: Antigua Observer Police in Guadeloupe are investigating the beheading of an Antiguan man whose body was recently found floating in the sea in the French speaking country. Kenrick Fenton, originally of Point, is believed to have been killed in a drug deal gone wrong, a police source said. The deceased was a…

Holder hails Lewis, Joseph after stand-out Oval displays

Source: Antigua Observer LONDON (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder has praised career-best performances from rookies Evin Lewis and Alzarri Joseph, despite his side’s defeat in the fourth One-Day International against England on Wednesday. Defending an impressive 357 at the Oval, the Windies slumped to a six-run loss under Duckworth/Lewis after rain ended the…

Tennis association head distances self from Gardner issue

Source: Antigua Observer By Neto Baptiste President of the Antigua and Barbuda Tennis Association (ABTA), Cordell Williams, has recused himself from the matter involving national player Kevin Gardner who was a “no show” for the country’s participation at this year’s Davis Cup held in Uruguay in June. The player was temporarily banned in…

Winston: Leeward Islands prep hampered by recent storms

Source: Antigua Observer Newly appointed head coach for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes cricket team and former West Indies fast bowler Winston Benjamin said the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria disrupted a planned early start to the team’s preparation ahead of next month’s start to Cricket West Indies’ Regional 4-Day competition. With the…

Source: Antigua Chronicle C&W Communications (C&W), a Liberty Global company, today announced the first two partner organizations – ShelterBox and Rotary International1 – of the newly formed Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation to execute immediate relief and recovery activities in the countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. ShelterBox, an international disaster relief…

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA HITS THE ROAD IN GRAND EUROPEAN BLITZ

Source: Antigua Chronicle As Antigua and Barbuda experiences growth in tourism arrivals from key European markets, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s United Kingdom & Europe Office is focused on captalising on the exponential growth by increasing its presence within the market. In a grand European blitz, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority,…

DNA leader: Increased migration contributing to spike in crime rate

Source: Antigua Observer Joanne Massiah, leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), feels that mass migration of CARICOM citizens and other nationals into Antigua and Barbuda is contributing to the increase in criminal activity. Massiah’s comment comes on the heels of the country’s efforts to host people from Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes…

Barbuda – mandatory evacuation to be lifted

Source: Antigua Observer Barbudans will be allowed to return to the devastated island this weekend following government’s lifting of the mandatory evacuation order from midnight tonight. Minister of Information Melford Nicholas made the announcement yesterday at this week’s post-Cabinet media briefing. “The Cabinet has agreed to lift the mandatory evacuation order in Barbuda…

Accident near Obsti’s

Source: Antigua Observer Sixty-year-old Persephine Broodie was rushed to the hospital yesterday afternoon following a vehicular mishap near the East Bus Station. Broodie was sitting under a vending stall adjacent to King Obstinate’s bar when a heavy-duty commercial truck crashed into that stall and brought it down on her back. The accident occurred…

Clock ticking on ADOMS Building completion

Source: Antigua Observer Parties involved in the construction of the ADOMS Building have been dragged before the Cabinet for an accounting, some three years after the projected completion date and almost a third of the cost over budget. The facility on Factory Road was to be completed 18 months after the groundbreaking in…

Editorial: The first line of defence

Source: Antigua Observer “SMH!” That was one of the popular responses to the news that there was yet another murder in our bit of paradise. For those of you who are not familiar with the acronym, it means “shaking my head,” and it seemed to be the most popular first response. Maybe it…

Time lapse footage of Hurricane Irma approaching Cane Garden Bay, BVI

Source: Antigua Chronicle 6th September 2017: Time lapse of Hurricane Irma approaching Cane Garden Bay, BVI. The eye passes and then the storm resumes just as camera battery fails Link: Time lapse footage of Hurricane Irma approaching Cane Garden Bay, BVI

Plane crashes at sea after departing Antigua

Source: Antigua Observer Two people, including a pilot, who left Antigua on board a small plane on Thursday were forced to ditch the plane at sea after encountering difficulties in the air.   A source close to the matter told OBSERVER media that the duo flew out of Antigua on a Cessna 172…

Warner loses fight against US extradition

Source: Antigua Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep. 28, CMC – Former politician and football official, Austin “Jack” Warner on Wednesday, lost his lawsuit challenging his extradition to the United States. Warner is wanted by authorities to answer charges of fraud arising out of a Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) bribery scandal.…

Jamaica signs five year agreement with PAHO

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON, Sep. 28, CMC – A five year country cooperation agreement has been signed between Jamaica and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The agreement was signed earlier this week by Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton and the Director of PAHO, Dr Carissa Etienne, at PAHO Headquarters in Washington…

GOAB Request for Expression of Interest

Source: Antigua Chronicle GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA STREET LIGHT RETROFITTING PROJECT CLIMATE RISK SCREENING REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST The Government of Antigua and Barbuda (GOAB) has received financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of Street Light Retrofitting and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of…

CDB President participates in high-level mission to Dominica

Source: Antigua Chronicle President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, has reaffirmed the institution’s support for the Government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica, after participating in a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) high-level mission to that country on September 26. Smith was part of a delegation that met with the…

Late-term pregnant employees count economic cost over safety

Source: Antigua Observer Labour Commissioner Eltonia Rojas said there is currently no law that protects late-term pregnant women from engaging in strenuous tasks while at work. This newspaper has observed pregnant security personnel on job sites late at nights, sometimes alone. One woman who contacted OBSERVER media said that since informing her superiors…

Mandatory evacuation order lifted for Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer Effective yesterday, the government cancelled the mandatory evacuation order that was issued for Barbuda earlier this month in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, allowing some residents the opportunity to return home. Philmore Mullin, director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), made the announcement yesterday during an OBSERVER media…

Lawyer suggests laws could force vaccination compliance

Source: Antigua Observer Michelle Thomas, attorney-at-law in Jamaica, is recommending that the government of Antigua and Barbuda, consider enacting laws to strengthen vaccination compliance. Thomas suggested on OBSERVER Radio yesterday that the twin island state should take a similar path as Jamaica where that country’s Public Health Act of 1974 was amended in…

Counsellor says society discounts domestic abuse against males

Source: Antigua Observer The coordinator for International Men’s Day said society has failed to acknowledge the social ill of violence against men and boys. In an interview with OBSERVER media yesterday, Michael Stewart said violence in any form should not be tolerated. “Whether it is violence against women, men or children, it is…

Antigua records three killings in 10 days

Source: Antigua Observer Kenroy Simpson, a 26-year-old father of three, is the third killing recorded in the last 10 days and the second in the Cedar Grove community in five weeks. More than 70 residents, which include Simpson’s two young sons and his father, assembled around the pasture adjacent to the Cedar Grove…

NODS clears the air

Source: Antigua Observer The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) is setting the record straight concerning relief supplies stored in the warehouses both at Coolidge and American Road. According to Director of NODS Philmore Mullin, there is a notion that everything in the warehouses belongs to Antigua and this type of false information…

Airports in BVI and St. Thomas to reopen this week

Source: Antigua Observer TORTOLA, BVI, Sep. 27, CMC – Airports in the British and US Virgin Islands are scheduled to reopen for commercial flights this week following the passage of Hurricane Maria. In the British Virgin Islands, Minister of Communication and Works, Mark Vanterpool  says the Terrence B Lettsome Airport will reopen for…

Mattis arrives in Afghanistan as rockets hit Kabul airport

Source: Antigua Observer KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Kabul on Wednesday to pledge support for the government of President Ashraf Ghani, with the precarious security in the Afghan capital underlined by an attack on the airport hours after he touched down. Arriving from India, where he sought support for…

Quebec, Britain threaten retaliation after Bombardier tariffs

Source: Antigua Observer MONTREAL (Reuters) – The Canadian province of Quebec and Britain threatened retaliation on Wednesday over stiff U.S. tariffs imposed on Bombardier Inc’s (BBDb.TO) CSeries jet that could affect thousands of jobs in the two countries. The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday slapped preliminary anti-subsidy duties of 220 percent on the…

Body of kidnapped man found in Cedar Grove

Source: Antigua Observer A young man – Kenroy Simpson – who was allegedly kidnapped earlier this morning, has been found dead. The body of the 27-year-old Cedar Grove resident was found shortly after 6 o’clock this morning in his community. The police say man’s body bore gunshot wounds. According to a police source,…

Expel him

Source: Antigua Observer The mother of the 14-year-old teen who was hospitalized after a fight two weeks ago, is expressing disappointment that the teen responsible for her son’s injury is still allowed to attend school. A 15-year-old student of the Antigua Grammar School (AGS), was charged with wounding with intent to murder, last…

ABSAR transforms clinic

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue (ABSAR) volunteer group is converting a clinic into a Volunteer Coordination and Rehabilitation Centre, according to Jonathan Cornelius, director of operations. Cornelius explained that the Centre is being built to accommodate the local government and international non-profit organisations (NGO’s) that will meet there daily…

Youths sensitised about human trafficking

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda government took its campaign to combat human trafficking to the schools on Tuesday as it looks to increase awareness of the scourge. Presentations were made at the Villa Primary School, the Antigua Barbuda Institute of Continuing Education (ABICE) and the Antigua Wesleyan Junior Academy as part…

Airport official sent home for inappropriate behaviour

Source: Antigua Observer An airport official at the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority (ABAA) was asked to leave the work compound after security staff staged a “sit-in” over an alleged intimidation and sexual harassment issue. The visibly upset staff took the industrial action at the V.C. Bird International Airport saying they would not…

652 CXC students fail to meet job and college requirements

Source: Antigua Observer Sixty-two percent of the candidates who took this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination do not meet the minimum requirement for college and jobs advertised in Antigua and Barbuda. The data released by the education ministry’s Measurement and Evaluation Unit shows, that of the 1, 056 candidates with five…

AG says funeral arrangements for “Ticks” being finalised

Source: Antigua Observer Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said that the government will be footing the bill to lay murder accused, Deon “Ticks” Thomas, who has been on ice for over five years, to rest. “The government would assume their responsibility and we will bury him, we have no choice. We will go…

Airport security stage industrial action

Source: Antigua Observer Security staff at the VC Bird International Airport are refusing to work today due to an issue with a manager. The action is already delaying the start of the work day for 100 plus airport staff as well as the clearance of passengers who all have to go through security…

Weston lobbies for cheaper insurance for homeowners

Source: Antigua Observer Lennox Weston, minister of state within the Ministry of Finance, has strongly suggested that the time has come for the government to re-examine the way home insurance is offered to residents, while emphasising the fact that not everyone can afford it. During a recent interview, Senator Weston said it is…

Master Blasters could field larger Tri20 team

Source: Antigua Observer The Antigua and Barbuda Master Blasters will be allowed to submit a larger roster than stipulated for the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA) Tri20 Cricket Tournament slated for October 6-14 here at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. This is according to President of the association, Leon “Kuma” Rodney,…

CDEMA stretched thin after Irma and Maria

Source: Antigua Observer Ronald Jackson, executive director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency and Management Agency (CDEMA), said that the severity of the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria, have not only challenged the immediate countries, but also the regional agency that is assisting with the relief efforts. Speaking on OBSERVER AM yesterday,…

Letter from Nine Year Old Barbudan brings PM Browne and wife to tears

Source: Antigua Chronicle On Monday 25th September, Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne returned from the United Nations in New York, where he championed the cause of small island states against the effects of Climate Change following the destruction of Barbuda and Dominica from super hurricanes. Prime Minister Browne and his wife, Mrs.…

PHOTOS: Cleanup Operation in Barbuda Gains Momentum

Source: Antigua Chronicle Steady progress is being made in the cleanup operations in Barbuda, following an effective vector control exercise. After a week of intense fogging by CBH workers and a Barbudan vector control team, the mosquito situation is now manageable by the Barbudans, with the necessary equipment that has been supplied. That…

LIAT WORKS TO ASSIST DOMINICA

Source: Antigua Chronicle LIAT continued its relief efforts to assist Dominica with a relief flight into the Douglas Charles Airport on Saturday 23rd September. The relief flight not only brought in supplies to the north of the island but also took in members of the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force and The Antigua…

Paynters Man Nabbed with Drugs, Camouflage and Cash

Source: Antigua Chronicle 39yr old Lev Josiah of Paynters was arrested and charged by police for Possession of 15.9 grams of Cannabis, Possession with intent to transfer and unlawful Possession of camouflage clothing. On Saturday night, police officers were in Martin’s Village conducting a “Stop & Search” operation, when they came across Josiah’s…

Trio Charged for Possession of Drugs & Ammo

Source: Antigua Chronicle Nickayal Blaize of Scott’s Hill Three people are due before the Court (Today) Monday to answer to charges of Unlawful Possession of Drugs and Ammunition. Shermain Harris of Scott’s Hill On Friday, Police arrested and charged 33yr old Shermain Harris, 31yr old Nickayal Blaize and 24yr old Nichol Thomas all…

COMMENTARY: Barbuda – Hurricane Irma – Aftermath

Source: Antigua Chronicle by: RAWLSTON POMPEY The chain of islands comprising ‘CARICOM and OECS,’ is not only geographically and historically linked, but also culturally, economically and politically bonded. The combined population is estimated to be ‘600, 000 people. For reasons of impinging influences on ‘practice, culture and custom,’ these have invariably provoked chagrin…

17 Heroic Police Officers Honoured

Source: Antigua Chronicle Seventeen Police Officers, both from the Regular and Fire Department were awarded with Meritorious Service Medals by the Police Administration for their bravery and heroic acts; whilst performing duties on the sister isle Barbuda, during the passage of dangerous hurricane Irma. Assistant Superintendent of Police Roland Cuffy, Sergeant James Thomas,…

Japan Provides Emergency Aid to Antigua & Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle On Wednesday 20 September 2017, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods to Antigua and Barbuda in response to the request for aid from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda following the serious damage incurred, especially in Barbuda, as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irma…

CW announces partial restoration of mobile networks in Dominica

Source: Antigua Chronicle PRESS RELEASE: Caribbean telecoms leader Cable & Wireless Communications  (C&W) today announced that it has begun the successful restoration of mobile services to Dominica.  The island’s infrastructure, including its communications networks, suffered significant impact from Category 5 Hurricane Maria, which made landfall in Dominica on Monday night. The Company also announced the…

CFU-Cleaning Up Image Is Key says Harris

Source: Antigua Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) — Regional administrators have a huge challenge to restore respect and confidence from fans and stakeholders of the game inside and outside of the Caribbean. This is the view of Randy Harris, the president of the Barbados Football Association and first vice-president of the Caribbean Football Union,…

Two Jailed For Life Over 2015 Egyptian Stadium Deaths

Source: Antigua Observer An Egyptian court jailed two people for life on Sunday over violence that led to a deadly football stadium stampede in Cairo in February 2015. At least 19 people died in the disaster after police fired tear gas at fans as they tried to push their way into Cairo’s Air Defence stadium…

Moeen Ali hits 53-ball century in Bristol win

Source: Antigua Observer Moeen Ali hit an exhilarating 53-ball century in England’s 124-run win over West Indies in the third one-day international in Bristol. At one stage, Moeen took 61 runs from 14 deliveries to reach the second-fastest ODI ton by an England batsman. Joe Root earlier made 84 and Ben Stokes 73…

Urgent need for food and water in Dominica

Source: Antigua Observer Local and regional officials spearheading different efforts in Domincia have warned that the  humanitarian situation on that nature island will worsen if relief is not delivered in a more organised manner. The regional and international community have been mobilising relief since the passage of Hurricane Maria over a week ago.…

St. Kitts Nevis signs visa waiver agreement with Russian Federation

Source: Antigua Observer NEW YORK, Sep. 24, CMC – A waiver agreement has been signed between the Dr. Timothy Harris led administration and the Russian Federation. The agreement, signed on Friday by St. Kitts Nevis Foreign Minister Mark Brantley and his Russian counterpart  H.E. Serguey Lavrov allows citizens of both countries to travel for…

Bahamas deeply concerned about dangers of climate change

Source: Antigua Observer UNITED NATIONS, Sep. 24, CMC – The Bahamas says it is deeply concerned about the dangers of environmental degradation and climate change, stating that they threaten the region’s very survivability. “With what we have witnessed just recently with the passage of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and now Maria, I cannot underscore…

Mexicans pray as hope fades for quake victims, toll hits 319

Source: Antigua Observer MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexicans packed churches on Sunday to pray for the victims of the country’s deadliest quake in 32 years as rescue teams searched against the odds for any survivors trapped under rubble six days after the tremor shook Mexico City and nearby states. As a fresh aftershock…

PAHO says Caribbean eliminates maternal, neonatal tetanus

Source: Antigua Observer WASHINGTON, Sep.22, CMC – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says that the Region of the Americas, including the Caribbean, has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a disease that was responsible for the deaths of more than 10,000 newborns every year in the Americas. The elimination of the disease…

Latest Mexico quake spreads alarm, some rescue efforts suspended

Source: Antigua Observer MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.2 earthquake that shook southern Mexico on Saturday spread fear in the capital and frustrated rescuers, some of whom were forced to suspend the search for survivors of an earlier, bigger tremor. The United States Geological Survey said the new quake was relatively shallow…

North Korea says rockets to U.S. ‘inevitable’ as U.S. bombers fly off North Korean coast

Source: Antigua Observer UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea said on Saturday firing its rockets at the U.S. mainland was “inevitable” after U.S. President Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man”, in a further escalation of rhetoric between the two countries over the North’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program. North Korean Foreign…

Residents bread supply in jeopardy

Source: Antigua Observer Bread and other pastries, a staple in many resident’s home has been in low supply because of an island-wide shortage of flour. This revelation came from bakeries who contacted OBSERVER media yesterday, after there were reports of some stores’ scanty shelves and “baker-shops not baking”. Erica Adams, administrator at Gloria’s…

Humanitarian crisis developing on Antigua – PM Browne

Source: Antigua Observer A humanitarian crisis is developing on Antigua as a result of the devastation wreaked on Barbuda by Hurricane Irma, according to Prime Minister Gaston Browne. “Overnight Antigua’s population increased by almost three percent. I know of no country that could easily cope with such an unplanned, unexpected and unscheduled increase…

ECLAC to assess damage and loss in Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer A two-member delegation from the Economic Commission for the Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), met with key stakeholders yesterday, on establishing relationships, for the Damage and Loss Assessment (DaLA), to be undertaken in Barbuda. Speaking with OBSERVER media, Diane Quarless, director of the ECLAC sub-regional headquarters, said that the…

PM Browne wants US gaming settlement

Source: Antigua Observer Hurricane Irma’s devastation of Barbuda has prompted Prime Minister Gaston Browne to call on the U.S. to pay the long overdue online gaming settlement Antigua and Barbuda won since 2004. Browne made the call during his address to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York Thursday.…

Barbuda’s lands could be deflowered by pimps

Source: Antigua Observer The United Progressive Party (UPP) political leader is comparing the attempt by the current administration to reclassify land ownership in Barbuda to losing one’s virginity. Senator Harold Lovell, UPP political leader, said Barbuda lands have remained “untouched and unspoilt” for good reason. He told listeners on OBSEVER radio’s morning programme…

Liberta Man Charged With Murder

Source: Antigua Observer Police have charged 28yr old Ibell Carr of Table Hill Garden, Liberta with Murder. He is accused of killing his fellow villager, 40yr old Kelvin Matthew of Liberta on Monday. Both men allegedly got into a heated argument, which resulted in Carr arming himself with a sharp object which he…

Digicel Sends Hurricane Equipment and Technical Supplies to Dominica

Source: Antigua Chronicle Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, Digicel has intensified its humanitarian and restoration efforts to get much-needed supplies and technical equipment to Dominica, after being hit by the devastating category 5 storm. Loaded with food items, first aid and hygiene supplies, mattresses, bed linen, water as well as technical…

Barbuda Cleanup and Recovery Efforts Now in Full Swing

Source: Antigua Chronicle With the Barbuda cleanup and recovery effort now in full swing, logistics and plans for the Phase One Operation were discussed during a stakeholders meeting at the Ministry of Health and the Health and Environment on Thursday (September 21st) afternoon. One of the main issues discussed is the need for…

Heavy-duty Equipment Lands in Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle The island-wide clean-up effort has begun on the sister island of Barbuda after a dozen heavy duty equipment, including Trucks, Backhoes, Front End Loaders and Excavators, arrived on the battered island earlier today (Thursday). Following days of planning, the heavy-duty equipment left the High Point Pier on a barge for Barbuda…

Chelsea agree terms to sell Diego Costa

Source: Antigua Observer Chelsea have agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of striker Diego Costa back to the Spanish club. The move, which will be completed in January, is subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical. Atletico said the 28-year-old, who left the club to join Chelsea in…

Former agriculture minister says A&B food supply at risk

Source: Antigua Observer A politician who served as agriculture minister during the United Progressive Party (UPP) administration disagrees with current agricultural officials who said the devastation in Dominica would not compromise the food supply here. Joanne Massiah, Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader, said Antigua and Barbuda’s agricultural sector will be impacted if the…

Counselling can help hurricane victims

Source: Antigua Observer Barbudans affected by the trauma of Hurricane Irma could benefit from counselling despite their resiliency, said Koren Norton, social worker and counsellor. But, she warned, counselling should not be forced on them since people may have different needs. “You have the persons who were in their houses while they were…

Dominicans looking for answers

Source: Antigua Observer Dominican nationals living in Antigua met at the Dean William Lake Cultural Centre yesterday as they are still desperate for any bit of information about their loved ones after the deadly Hurricane Maria ravaged the nature island on Monday. The storm, which killed 15 people, cut off all communication services…

CRICKET-ENG/WIS-LEAD Rain wrecks Trent Bridge ODI

Source: Antigua Observer NOTTINGHAM, England, Sep 21, CMC – Persistent rain allowed just 14 deliveries before forcing the abandonment of the second One-Day International between England and West Indies at Trent Bridge here Thursday. West Indies huddle before the start of the second ODI at Trent Bridge on Thursday.  Sent in, the hosts…

Russia says will target U.S.-backed fighters in Syria if provoked

Source: Antigua Observer MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia warned the United States on Thursday it would target U.S.-backed militias in Syria if Russian troops again came under fire, as the United States disclosed an unusual face-to-face meeting between U.S. and Russian generals meant to avoid such clashes. The Russian warning underscored growing tensions over…

Press Release: Clean up in Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer A number of persons representing key agencies travelled to Barbuda this morning to aid in the clean-up and restoration of the island. According to Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), Philmore Mullin, among the delegation are personnel from the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA), the Central Board…

FARMER KILLED, EX-LOVER CRITICAL

Source: Antigua Observer A well-known farmer and calypsonian was stabbed to death yesterday afternoon while his ex-girlfriend was hospitalised up to last night in critical condition with stab wounds to the upper body. According to police sources, the deceased is 72-year-old Carmona Samuel, also known as “Farmer” and “Calypso Farmer.” The police said…

Joseph asks Barbudans to be patient

Source: Antigua Observer The nation’s health minister is urging Barbudans, who are eager to return to the island to participate in the clean-up process, to exercise some level of patience. Barbudans, who were evacuated here almost two weeks ago after Hurricane Irma devastated the sister island, have complained about what they term the…

Major clean-up operation on Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), will be leading a team to Barbuda today for the continuing Hurricane Irma disaster response and clean-up campaign. Ian Bailey, assistant operations manager for the statutory corporation, said that a group of men with chainsaws would be journeying to the sister island along…

Cornelius: No merit in NOC, sports ministry dual role notion

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Antigua & Barbuda Athletics Association (ABAA) Everton “Mano” Cornelius, has sought to deflate the notion that having one individual at the helm of both the sports ministry and the National Olympic Committee (NOC) here, has created a better synergy between the two organisations. Minister of Sports, EP…

Rodney: ABCA Tri20 still on for Sir Viv

Source: Antigua Observer President of the Antigua & Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA), Leon “Kuma” Rodney, has moved to dispel reports that this year’s Tri20 cricket tournament will not be held at the country’s chief cricketing facility, the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. According to rumour, housing Barbudans at the facility could affect the…

Photos of Dominica post Hurricane Maria

Source: Antigua Observer Hurricane Maria knocked out power and all communication in Dominica overnight Monday as its category 5 winds flattened buildings, ripped off roofs and drenched the island with so much rainfall, streets became rivers.  Seven people were confirmed dead up to yesterday morning. The country’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit joined a team to…

PM Browne to focus the world’s attention on Climate Change and its effects on the Caribbean

Source: Antigua Observer St. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 20th September 2017…..Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne will focus the world’s attention on Climate Change and its effects on the Caribbean when he addresses the United Nations General Assemblyon Thursday. The country’s leader, before departing Antigua on Wednesday, said that his primary objective is to…

PM confirms several hurricane related deaths in Dominica

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne has confirmed there are seven deaths reported in Dominica as rescue and recovery missions get underway after hurricane Maria. He said the devastation was “widespread” and Antigua and Barbuda’s military personnel is on standby to assist Dominica. The prime minister said the National…

World Bank and CDB may not lend much to help Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he is not optimistic about receiving any significant financial assistance from two major lending institutions to help the Barbuda recovery process. Browne said he arrived at this conclusion after a meeting with the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank over the weekend. He said…

Farmer killed, ex-girlfriend hospitalised

Source: Antigua Observer A well-known farmer was stabbed to death Wednesday afternoon at his Gilbert’s Estate home and farm following an alleged domestic dispute incident. The police say 72-year-old Carmona “Farmer” Samuel sustained a single stab wound to the left chest while his ex-girlfriend was rushed to hospital with multiple injuries. Samuel, who also performed…

Antigua & Barbuda Stands Ready to Assist Dominica

Source: Antigua Chronicle Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne has pledged his country’s support for the island of Dominica which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria during the early hours of Tuesday. “The Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda stands in solidarity with the government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica during…

Hurricane Maria’s death toll climbs in Dominica

Source: Antigua Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sep. 20, CMC  – The Barbados based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is reporting that at least six people were killed when a powerful Hurricane Maria slammed into the island on Monday. The regional disaster management agency says the storm has left behind billions of dollars in…

Rescuers search rubble of school as Mexican quake toll hits 217

Source: Antigua Observer MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Rescue workers scrabbled through rubble as dawn broke on Wednesday, searching for dozens of children feared buried beneath a Mexico City school, among hundreds of buildings destroyed by the country’s most lethal earthquake in a generation. The magnitude 7.1 quake on Tuesday killed at least 217…

CRICKET-ENG/WIS-We let ourselves down, laments Holder

Source: Antigua Observer MANCHESTER, England, Sep 19, CMC – Skipper Jason Holder said Tuesday West Indies had let themselves down with “inconsistent” bowling after they lost the opening One-Day International of the five-match series by seven wickets to England. Though defending only 204 in a contest reduced to 42 overs per side at…

Press Release: FLIGHT DISRUPTIONS DUE TO HURRICANE MARIA

Source: Antigua Observer JOHN’S, ANTIGUA, September 19, 2017 – Several destinations in the LIAT network were affected by Hurricane Maria. Hurricane Maria continues its trek the Caribbean and LIAT continues to monitor its progress and its effects on our destinations. Due to the closure of several airports as well as in the interest…

TROPICAL STORM WARNING DISCONTINUED FOR ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Source: Antigua Observer POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE MARIA EXPECTED TO PASS NEAR THE U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TONIGHT AND OVER PUERTO RICO ON WEDNESDAY… …PREPARATIONS AGAINST LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE AND RAINFALL FLOODING AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION…     SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…16.8N 64.0W ABOUT 80 MI…130…

Press Release: Antigua and Barbuda stands ready to assist Dominica

Source: Antigua Observer ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 19th September 2017……Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne has pledged his country’s support for the island of Dominica which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria during the early hours of Tuesday. “The Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda stands in solidarity with the government…

CDB Approves Grant to Address Childhood Obesity Prevention

Source: Antigua Chronicle The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of USD150,000 to the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), to support capacity building to address childhood obesity prevention in four countries. The project will strengthen the ability of civil society organisations (CSOs) in The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize and Jamaica to contribute to…

Ministry Officials Address Barbuda Recovery Issues

Source: Antigua Chronicle With the 2017 Hurricane season in full swing and with another storm threatening the eastern Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda’s Health and Environment Minister, Molwyn Joseph declared that the country’s main objectives at this time is the safety and well-being of the Barbudan people. Joseph made the declaration during a press…

Hotelier Rob Barrett Injects $500k into Barbuda Recovery Efforts

Source: Antigua Chronicle Hotelier Rob Barrett announced that his group of affiliated hotels and businesses will be donating EC$500,000 in cash and goods to help rebuild the beautiful tourism-based island of Barbuda. “We are extremely fortunate that Antigua sustained very little damage from Hurricane Irma.  Now is the time to count our blessings,…

MARIA REGAINS CATEGORY 5 STRENGTH

Source: Antigua Observer Recent reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Maria has reintensified to category 5 status, with estimated maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (260 km/h). The potential catastrophic hurricane is centered as of 5:10 a.m. AST about 65 miles (100 km) west-southwest of Guadeloupe and about…

Hurricane Maria Advisory Number 12

Source: Antigua Observer NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL152017 1100 PM AST Mon Sep 18 2017 …EYE OF CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE MARIA MOVING OVER DOMINICA… SUMMARY OF 1100 PM AST…0300 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————– LOCATION…15.5N 61.4W ABOUT 0 MI…0 KM NW OF DOMINICA ABOUT 270 MI…435 KM SE OF ST. CROIX MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…160…

Hurricane Maria Special Advisory Number 11

Source: Antigua Observer NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL152017 800 PM AST Mon Sep 18 2017 …MARIA BECOMES A POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE… …THE EYE AND THE INTENSE INNER CORE IS NEARING DOMINICA… SUMMARY OF 800 PM AST…0000 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…15.3N 61.1W ABOUT 15 MI…25 KM ESE OF DOMINICA ABOUT 40…

Letter to the Editor: A Dispatch From a Caribbean Climate Change Refugee: Hurricane Irma, Sint Maarten and the New Caribbean Reality

Source: Antigua Chronicle By: Tadzio Bervoets I am standing in line -or rather in a disorganized congregation of desperate souls- in the parking lot of St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport, once the second busiest airport in the Caribbean, now a shell of sheetrock, concrete, metal and glass; the main terminal building is…

Hurricane Irma: Red Cross Relief Supplies Arrive in Antigua & Barbuda

Source: Antigua Chronicle A cargo plane of relief supplies for people affected by Hurricane Irma landed at the V.C. Bird International Airport last Wednesday afternoon. Shipped by air from the Red Cross’ regional warehouse in Panama, the much-needed provisions include blankets, tarpaulins, hygiene, kitchen and shelter kits, as well as other supplies that…

Venezuela Donates USD$1M to Barbuda Hurricane Relief Efforts

Source: Antigua Chronicle Foreign Affairs Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, His Excellency Jorge Arreaza Montserrat on Friday evening, flew into Antigua and handed over to Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne a contribution of 1 Million US dollars to the Barbuda Hurricane Relief fund. “The profit from the West Indies Oil…

Carnival Fascination Welcomed Following Itinerary Adjustment

Source: Antigua Chronicle Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, The Hon. Asot Michael has thanked the Carnival Corporation for being the first cruise line to make contact with the destination and offering their support and tangible assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The Tourism Minister offered his…

Police probing stabbing death

Source: Antigua Observer A Liberta man is killed in a stabbing incident at the basketball court in the community this morning. An eyewitness tells OBSERVER media the incident occurred around 10 am. The deceased is said to be a diving instructor in English Harbour. It is alleged he and another man were in…

Post-Irma cleanup on Barbuda

Source: Antigua Observer A major clean-up operation is underway on the sister island, Barbuda, almost two weeks following the passage of Hurricane Irma, which has been described by meteorologists as the strongest ever recorded storm in the Atlantic Basin. The Category 5 hurricane destroyed nearly all the buildings on the 62 square mile…

Hurricane Maria forces closure of public schools

Source: Antigua Observer Government has issued an order for the closure of all public schools across Antigua and Barbuda as the Caribbean braces for the passage of Hurricane Maria which was upgraded from a tropical storm Sunday afternoon. In an advisory issued late on Sunday, the Ministry of Education said all public educational…

Antigua and Barbuda braces for another storm

Source: Antigua Observer A tropical storm warning is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda as Hurricane Maria is forecast to past south of the twin island state by tomorrow. Maria was upgraded from a tropical storm to a category one hurricane and was located at 360 miles to the south east up to…

Press Release: MARIA BECOMES A HURRICANE

Source: Antigua Observer …ADDITIONAL WARNINGS AND WATCHES ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS…     SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————- LOCATION…13.8N 57.5W ABOUT 140 MI…225 KM ENE OF BARBADOS ABOUT 275 MI…445 KM ESE OF DOMINICA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H…

Press Release: Barbuda Clean-up Operations

Source: Antigua Observer Since the devastation of Barbuda by Hurricane Irma, the Minister of Health and the Environment, Honourable Molwyn Joseph, the Permanent Secretary and the senior technicians of the ministry have been meeting more than once daily, to plan the various aspects of our response to the crisis. This response involves, first…

..MARIA EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE LATER TODAY…

Source: Antigua Observer Tropical Storm Maria is centered as of 11 a.m. AST about 450 miles (720 km) east-southeast of the Leeward Islands. It’s moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Tuesday.  On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move…

Investors urged to play their role in coastal protection when building

Source: Antigua Observer Head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Agency (CDMA) Ronald Jackson is warning property owners and hotelier to keep a safe distance away from shorelines when building. During the agency’s latest press conference following Irma, Jackson indicated that the Caribbean’s coastal assets are under threat. Jackson again warned about building too…

Behavioural change programme to be expanded to more schools

Source: Antigua Observer Four schools on the island are expected to form part of an extended education programme, aimed at boosting self-awareness. Dr Nicola Bird says this continued programme – dubbed S.E.L.F- or Social Emotional Learning Facilitation is geared towards teaching children how to cope with emotional changes as they get older. The…

AHTA chairman gives Antigua building standards a thumbs up

Source: Antigua Observer The Chairman of the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association, Alex Debrito says he’s confident about the quality of the building standards in the country. While hoteliers in Antigua look forward to the start of the winter tourist season in October, their counterparts in several other Caribbean countries are counting the…

Fight leaves teen in a coma

Source: Antigua Observer Fourteen-year-old Devonte James is in a coma at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre following a fight with another boy yesterday. Sherma Shervington says the doctors have put her son in the coma. She adds that the doctors are hoping the brain surgeon will arrive in Antigua by Monday. She…

Fire guts pre-school

Source: Antigua Observer A fire caused extensive damage inside the St. Patrick’s Child Development Centre Saturday afternoon, leaving the owner in tears as firemen doused the flames. Scores of parents will have to find alternative facilities for their toddlers who attend the American Road privately owned institution. The fire gutted the pre school…

Press Release: Antigua and Barbuda is now under a hurricane watch as weather officials keep an eye on Tropical Storm Maria.

Source: Antigua Observer Antigua and Barbuda is now under a hurricane watch as weather officials keep an eye on Tropical Storm Maria. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area.  A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make…

Antigua – open for business

Source: Antigua Observer Alex Debrito, chairman of the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association, is advising the international tourism market that Antigua is “open for business.” Debrito, in an interview with OBSERVER media, yesterday confirmed that many travellers are of the notion that both Antigua and Barbuda were destroyed by Hurricane Irma. “Antigua was…

Another Weather Disturbance heading towards the Leeward Islands

Source: Antigua Observer Tropical storm or hurricane watches could be issued for portions of the Lesser Antilles today.  The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service has already issued a tropical cyclone alert for the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands (BVI), as the system moves across the Atlantic and closer to the Caribbean.…

Medical Students Race to Get Back to Antigua

Source: Antigua Observer A number of third year and fourth year medical students from the American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine are scrambling to get back to Antigua, after leaving the island in expectation of Hurricane Irma. The Category 5 hurricane had frightened many students into leaving for safer countries, especially when…

More cruise liners expected to dock in Antigua

Source: Antigua Observer The country’s tourism minister is predicting a rise in cruise arrivals at the St. John’s port due to many re-routed vessels. Asot Michael, minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, said Antigua has confirmed 25 new calls for the upcoming tourist season. This development comes one week after the…

Editorial: Be ever vigilant

Source: Antigua Observer Our plan was to take a break from all the talk about hurricanes and Barbuda and touch on something a bit lighter.  Notice that we used the past tense in our opening sentence because that plan had to be tossed out and revamped when we saw the news that there…

CARICOM nationals leaving hurricane battered BVI

Source: Antigua Observer ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Island, Sept 15, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments have begun to repatriate their nationals who have chosen to leave the hurricane battered British Virgin Islands (BVI). Lieutenant Colonel Kester D. Weekes of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) has been handling the logistics at…

St. Lucia jolted by earthquake

Source: Antigua Observer An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 jolted St. Lucia on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that the quake occurred at 6.58 am (local time) and was also felt…

Gordon “Butch” Stewart Pledges $150,000 to Barbuda’s Children

Source: Antigua Chronicle Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon “Butch” Stewart today announced that he is giving a personal donation of $150,000 to assist the children of the island of Barbuda. Stewart’s donation will be made to the Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Sandals group, which will work with the Ministry…

DNA says politicians should not have oversight of Barbuda funds

Source: Antigua Observer Joanne Massiah, leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), is urging politicians “to take a back seat” in managing the Barbuda relief funds. She was speaking on OBSERVER AM yesterday, where she was alluded to Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s announcement in parliament on Monday, that the accountant general, the financial…

ABSAR makeshift hospital

Source: Antigua Observer A temporary clinic is being set up at the former Barbuda Airport Fire Station to aid in emergency rescue and distress relief in Barbuda. The Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue (ABSAR) group set up the hospital in the wake of the mandatory evacuation declared for the sister island. Jonathan…

INFERTILITY ON THE RISE

Source: Antigua Observer There has been an increase in the number of male infertility cases across the island, says Dr. Dwayne “Baba” Thwaites. The urologist attached to the Mount Saint John’s Hospital claimed, while speaking on OBSERVER AM on Wednesday, that a good percentage of the population is unable to conceive children. “What…

Logos Hope Brings International Crew

Source: Antigua Chronicle Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, will soon bring its international crew with their life-changing stories to St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. After so many years away from this region, crewmembers are excited to return and anticipate an unforgettable time. John Bell was one of the ship’s international…

Several communities still in the dark due to hurricane Irma

Source: Antigua Observer Hundreds of residents are still without one utility or another following the passage of Hurricane Irma… And the Antigua Public Utilities Authority says it’s working to resolve all submitted reports. The company says in a release that Irma has caused a large number of service faults since Setpember 5. Assessments…

PM Browne abandons plan to sue Spanish news agency

Source: Antigua Observer Prime Minister Gaston Browne is no longer suing the Spanish newspaper El Pais for defamation over the Odebrecht Scandal. Near the end of July, Rodrigo Tacla the lawyer at the centre of the Odebrecht bribery scandal had made allegations against Browne in an exclusive interview published in El Pais. The…

OECS: HURRICANE IRMA SITUATION REPORT #6

Source: Antigua Observer Irma, the 9th named hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday September 5, 2017. With maximum sustained winds near 185 mph, Irma a powerful Category 5 Hurricane impacted the CDEMA Participating States of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Virgin…

Devastation Paves Way for NEW ‘Green Barbuda’

Source: Antigua Chronicle “We will be bringing to this honorable house, hopefully within a month or so, something called the Green Barbuda Act.” So said Minister of Health and the Environment, Molwyn Joseph while speaking at a special sitting of Parliament following Hurricane Irma’s destruction in Barbuda. The minister’s remarks come at a…

The Larder Leads With Styrofoam Alternatives

Source: Antigua Chronicle Two months after the Government implemented the first stage of the ban on the importation of Food Based Polystyrene Products, one popular food and beverage establishment is already utilizing the Styrofoam alternatives. The nationally renowned restaurant, “The Larder” is leading from the front when it comes to the replacement of…

Guyanese paying more for gas, kero and diesel from Thursday

Source: Antigua Observer Guyanese will from Thursday have to pay more for gasoline, diesel and kerosene, as a result of the impact of hurricanes on the oil industry, the Guyana Oil Company (GuyOil) said in a statement. “Significant increase in acquisition cost at source has made these adjustments unavoidable. While speculations have been…

National athlete starts Barbuda relief drive

Source: Antigua Observer National high-jumper Priscilla Frederick has reached out to her more than 3,500 Facebook friends and others for support as she joins the growing list of notable individuals soliciting help for the people of Barbuda. The US-based athlete, via a video posted on Facebook on September 10, sought donations from friends…

CKHS Scholarship for Barbudans

Source: Antigua Observer Joan Underwood, chairwoman of the Christ the King High School board, announced yesterday that the institution will offer scholarships to five Barbudan students in their 5th form year. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, September 15. The Christ the King High School, located on Old Parham Road, St. John’s, is…

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